Tuesday, September 15, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dasha Koltunyuk, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-258-6024
Following its sold-out opening night concert by the Emerson and Calidore string quartets, the Princeton University Concerts Classics Series continues with another vibrant ensemble: on Thursday, October 15th 2015 at 8PM, the Pavel Haas String Quartet will perform in the Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. This Czech-based, award-winning group will perform music of their compatriots, offering Martinů’s String Quartet No. 3 and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 9, Op. 34 before delving into Beethoven’s Slavic-tinged “Razumovsky” Quartet, Op. 59, No. 2. Esteemed Princeton University scholar Professor Scott Burnham will offer a pre-concert talk, free to all ticketholders, to introduce the program at 7PM.
Having already been awarded Gramophone’s prestigious “Record of the Year” award three times in their young career, the Pavel Haas Quartet has come to be known as the foremost arbiters of its homeland’s rich Romantic-era repertoire. As noted in the Financial Times, the quartet also “excels in composers from beyond its native Czech Republic (the ensemble’s latest recording of Schubert was an award winner), but give the players a program of Czech and Slovak composers and they will never sound more at home.” Within the intimacy of legendary Richardson Auditorium, in which chamber music never sounds more at home, the combination of players, program, and venue promises the perfect musical forecast.
Yet perhaps even more importantly, the Pavel Haas Quartet addresses an issue becoming ever more urgent by the day. Named after a composer whose work was almost lost after his extermination by the Nazis (for a deeper exploration of this topic, the Richardson Chamber Players will perform works by Haas and other composers of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp just three days later), this group brings to Princeton a program whose multicultural background transcends its national roots—as apparent as those roots may be. In combining the works of Martinů—a Czech composer who had spent considerable time in the U.S., even serving as a visiting professor at Princeton University from 1949-1953—Dvořák, one of the first composers to incorporate African-American spirituals into classical music—and Beethoven, who embeds Russian melodies into his “Razumovsky” Quartets—the Pavel Haas Quartet reminds us of the internationality of our respective cultures. Limited tickets remain; buy yours soon!
PAVEL HAAS STRING QUARTET
WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8PM; Pre-concert event at 7PM, free to ticketholders
WHAT: MARTINŮ No. 3, H. 183; DVOŘÁK Quartet No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 34; BEETHOVEN Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2 “Razumovsky”
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at princetonuniversityconcerts.org, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at email@example.com or 609-258-6024
For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-258-6024
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